Updated: Apr 29, 2020
I struggle with feeding my extremely picky family. I feel like I'm not always providing the healthiest options and it gives me a bit of anxiety to say the least. I am a very busy mom, they're busy kids and my husband is busy. I wondered if there were easy ways of making simple changes in things I do, that could help us all be healthier.
You know me, I had to have an expert weigh in.
I asked a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist
Renee Clerkin, RD was so kind to take time out of her busy schedule to help me with this question and provide a few tips you may find helpful if you're struggling in this department!
3 Simple Tips to Improve Overall Health in a Family:
1. Eat more vegetables
Eating more vegetables is the best thing you can do to improve the overall health of your family. Try to always offer at least one vegetable with lunch and dinner (regardless if your kids eat it or not). We like what is familiar to us, so the more we see veggies, the more likely we are to actually eat them. You can buy ready to eat veggies, such as baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, or pre-chopped broccoli, to take the prep work out of it and save time. Serve veggies raw, with your favorite dip, such as humus or guacamole, or roast them in the oven for a quick and tasty side.
2. Healthier snack foods
Snack foods tend to be unhealthy by nature. They are quick and convenient but often have a long ingredient list or are fried. So try to swap out the unhealthy options, such as chips and highly processed crackers, with healthier alternatives, such as popcorn or roasted beans. Baba bean bada boom is a personal favorite in our household. We also do lots of popcorn, seaweed, and real fruit, such as a banana or apple.
3. Make water the primary beverage in your household
Its OK to have other beverages occasionally but the main beverage for the whole family should be water. The body operates best when it is properly hydrated and drinking enough water is the best way to stay hydrated.
Now, what about if you're not a big fan of water? There are countless of ways to spice up plain ol' water. My favorite way is to naturally infuse it with fresh fruits and herbs. Add water to a large pitcher and add in different fruits, veggies, and herbs to infuse the flavor. My personal favorite is fresh cucumber, mint and lime or strawberry, orange, and basil. You want to let the water + fruits/veggies/herbs to sit in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before enjoying. I often recommend that my clients do this the night before so they are ready to go the next morning.
Thank you so much, Renee!
If you are interested in improving your health, resolving any digestive issues, or figuring out your particular food sensitivities, definitely check out Renee's website. She meets with client's virtually and can help you discover a lot you may not know so you can live and feel better.
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